heads up: furniture sale at the downtown salvation army

9450297c6f9b11e1989612313815112c_7This Saturday, the downtown Salvation Army will unveil a new buy-by-the-pound shopping model. (Here’s my take on the change.) In anticipation of the big reveal and to make room for the brand-new layout, today and tomorrow only, all furniture at the 4th Street location will be DEEPLY discounted, with items starting at the eye-popping price of $1.99. (!!!) As someone who has purchased several large, prized pieces of vintage furniture at this location specifically, I’m sorely tempted to check out what’s up for grabs today after work. You certainly won’t find prices better than this on furniture anywhere, so it’s at the very least worth a quick look-see, right?

Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday!

xo,

Meghan

heads up: big changes in store at the downtown Salvation Army

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetFor whatever weird reason, the downtown Salvation Army store has always felt like home to me. There was something about the size, the grit or the smell that could, without fail, transport me back to my hometown Salvation Army store, while at the same time making me feel so rooted and at home in Minneapolis. It’s been an institution to me for so many years. One that I never imagined changing…and yet, it’s about to.

Over the weekend, I got word that the top floor of the downtown location will be turned into a buy-the-pound store permanently, with a grand opening set for Saturday, June 7 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Not surprisingly, I have mixed feelings about this bit of news. One one hand, the prices sound awesome! All clothing and accessories will be $1.49 per pound, housewares will be $1.29 a pound, books will range from 25-49 cents a piece and all electronics will be a flat $3.49. And fans of the Target basement fans don’t need to fret—the lower level will remain the same, i.e. chock-full of cast-off new Target merchandise. But even with the low prices, change-hating ol’ me isn’t exactly sure what to think. Is the quality of the merchandise going to keep taking a total nose-dive? Are they still going to sell furniture? What does this all mean?

I have a note out my PR contact at Salvation Army North regarding some of these questions, including what implications the change in format will have on shopping there over the next month. (I’ll update the post when I hear back.) In the meantime, what do you think? Can you see this being a good or a bad thing? I’m already wistful for the old days and the store hasn’t even changed yet!

xoxo,

Meghan

heads up: weekend linen sale

linen1To say I’m linen-obsessed is an understatement if ever there was one. So you can imagine my delight when I heard the downtown-Minneapolis four metro-area Salvation Army stores (downtown, Bloomington, Burnsville and Fridley) are having a 25%-off linen sale tomorrow and Saturday. Unfortunately for us vintage-linen lovers, only fabrics in the new-goods basement will be on sale at the downtown store; at the other three locations, linens both old and new will be discounted. I’m planning on swinging by Friday in hopes of picking up a tablecloth and some napkins to polka dot.

For a list of store locations, hours and contact info, click here.

Happy hunting!

xo,

Meghan